If there’s one situation people need fast, reliable communication, it’s in an emergency. We’re not talking about an ‘oh no, I forgot to email that document to my boss’ emergency, we mean one where there’s a threat to human life and health. That’s where the Emergency Services Integrated Communications (ESIC) vehicle comes in.
We’re good at fast, reliable communication, and the National Safety Agency, an Aussie not-for-profit organisation, is good at ensuring people are safe in an emergency. So Cisco and the National Safety Agency have worked together to design a prototype vehicle – the ESIC vehicle. And Cisco Live Melbourne, which took place last week, was the first chance our over 4,000 customers and partners had to hear and see for themselves how it’s helped to deliver better information to emergency responder that enables better decision-making for the ultimate goal which is safer communities.
The ESIC vehicle provides a mobile command and control vehicle to link all agencies involved in an emergency situation. This is an all-in-one super-vehicle that’s tech-enabled and self-contained.
Once on-scene, the ESIC vehicle is fully operational within 15 minutes, and personnel can immediately begin to manage and monitor the event – whether it is a developing natural disaster or a critical crowd control situation.
During an incident response, a central controller can be connected to police, urban and rural firefighters, the Bureau of Meteorology, State Emergency Service and many more, all through Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS). The National Safety Agency is considered world-leading due to the rate at which it’s deploying the ESIC vehicle around Australia.
At Cisco Live, Des Bahr the Chairman of the National Safety Agency took journalists and industry analysts on a tour of the huge semi-trailer vehicle and talked about how the vehicle and the technology has already been used to help emergency services deal with disasters in Victoria. The National Safety Agency has also been contracted to help police in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The ESIC Vehicle is host to a range of Cisco technologies including: TelePresence, IP video phones and Cisco Unified Computing System, IP video cameras and an intelligent wired and wireless network.
To check out some cool images of the truck, please visit this gallery from our friends at ARN: Cisco showcases prototype mobile command vehicle
For more information on exactly how the vehicle is utilising the latest Cisco technology, view the full media release here.